The IMA Mediterranean Maxi OFFSHORE Challenge 2023/2024

Comprising the seven most prestigious offshore races in the Med, the IMA Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge aims to promote and boost maxi yacht competition offshore in the Mediterranean.

Launched by the International Maxi Association in 2016, the 2023-2024 IMA Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge will comprise 7 events, the best 3 counting towards the main prize.

2023-24 Series:

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2023,
starting from Valletta, Malta, on 21 October 2023: Valletta, Malta to Valletta anticlockwise around Sicily via the Strait of Messina, Stromboli, Favignana, Pantelleria and Lampedusa.
Distance: 608 miles.
Organiser: Royal Malta Yacht Club
La Larga – the offshore race of PalmaVela
established in 2021 as the preliminary offshore race to PalmaVela event. Starting on April 27 in 2024, it consists of 2 offshore courses (one of 225 nm: Palma-Dragonera-Ibiza and Formentera-Cabrera-Palma) and one of 165 nm (Palma-Dragonera-Tagomago-Cabrera-Palma).
Organiser: Real Club Nautico Palma
Tre Golfi offshore race
starting from Naples, Italy, on May 17 2024: Naples to Capri, via Ponza and Li Galli (Italy).
Distance: 170 miles.
Organiser: Circolo del Remo e Vela Italia (CRVI) with Yacht Club Italiano
151 Miglia-Trofeo Cetilar
starting on May 30th 2024 from Livorno, Italy.
Race course: Livorno to Punta Ala - via Giraglia rock and Formiche di Grosseto.
Distance: 151 miles.
Organiser: Yacht Club Punta Ala, Yacht Club Livorno, Yacht Club Repubblica Marinara di Pisa
Giraglia offshore race
June 2024: dates and race course to be confirmed (as per November 17, 2023).
Organiser: Yacht Club Italiano.
Aegean 600
a 600 nm offshore race starting and finishing in Sounio, Greece.
Race course: START (Sounio) – Milos island to port – Gate at Santorini Caldera – Kassos, Karpathos and Rhodos islands to port – Kandelousa to starboard – Kos to port, Kalolimnos to starboard, Farmakonissi, Agathonissi and Patmos islands to port – Gate at Mykonos and Dilos strait – Kea island to port – FINISH (Sounio).
Start on 9th July, 2024
Organiser: Hellenic Offshore Racing Club (HORC)
Palermo to Montecarlo Race
starting from Palermo, Italy, on 20th August 2024: from Palermo, Sicily to Monaco via a YCCS gate off Porto Cervo.
Distance: 450 miles.
Organiser: Circolo della Vela Sicilia (CVS) with Yacht Club de Monaco and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda


  • Only IMA members are eligible to the IMA Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge (MMOC);
  • To be eligible for the annual trophy, yachts must compete in at least 3 of these events. If more than the minimum number of events required are sailed, the worst result will be discarded;
  • A Perpetual Trophy will be awarded to the winner of the Challenge at the end of the season, usually during the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo.


2015-2016 RAMBLER 88 George David

2017-2018 ATALANTA II Carlo A. Puri Negri

2018-2019 VERA Miguel Galuccio

2021-2022 SPIRIT OF LORINA Jean-Pierre Barjon

2022-2023 BLACK JACK Peter Harburg

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